Fall is the perfect time to visit Roanoke, West Virginia. The leaves begin to change color into vibrant shades of fiery red and orange, and the heat cools down to sweet, crisp sweater weather. To celebrate the changing tides of the seasons, the city holds an annual Go Outside Festival, an event that embraces healthy, active lifestyles through outdoor recreation. GO fest showcases the best of the great outdoors. Learn about the top camping gear, listen to live music, participate in free yoga, go mountain biking, and more!
Go Full Outdoor
If you’ve ever wanted to open yourself up to an outdoor lifestyle, the Go Outside Festival is the perfect place to get an introduction. Learn how to fly fish, pitch a tent, and slackline. Get a tutorial on basic wilderness first aid, practice your balance on a standup paddleboard, and get inspired by a lumberjack show. Get tutorials on basic survival techniques and get the low-down on the best outdoor gear. This event is all about learning the best skills, discovering the best tools, and of course, having a great time, all while embracing the simplicity of the great outdoors.
Get Your Glaze On
Everyone should run a race at some point in their lives. For those who’d like to mark one off their bucket list without doing the months of training and preparation beforehand, look no further than the .31 mile course at Stonewall Resort’s annual Glazed & Confused 5k/0.5k. This is only the third year that this event has been held, however, it’s already become a local hit. That’s because you have the option to run the full 5k or walk around the .31 mile course, filled with the delicious “running fuel options” of beer and donuts. The no-pressure atmosphere of this race has made it one of the most lively events in the area.
Everyone is considered a champ at Glazed & Confused, whether you decide to run the whole 5k or opt for meandering through the .31 mile course. Apart from the victory beers and glazed confections, this year they’ll be awarding a special prize to the most out-there donut or beer costume—so it’s time to get weird! Even if you don’t win, you’ll still get to take home your swag bag filled with goodies from local brewery Yuengling.
Come join the community and soak in the scenery of West Virginia and the numerous state and national parks that surround this event. Ready to get a piece of the fun? Snag your spot in the lineup by pre-registering for the race online and mark your calendars for October 27th. Gates open at 10:15 am, and the race officially starts at 11 am.
Bask in Your Glory
Want a swanky spot to bask in your post-race glory? Check out Stonewall Resort, a rustic retreat in the middle of scenic Roanoke. The resort spans over 1,900 acres and is a true outdoor aficionado’s dream. Sprawling lakes, miles of hiking trails, Adirondack-style cottages, campsites, and vast woodland make this rural resort the perfect escape from the everyday. Aside from the back-to-nature lifestyle, Stonewall also offers all the luxuries you would expect from a high-end AAA Four Diamond resort.
Looking to hold a chic event? Explore the 15,000 square foot conference center on the resort’s grounds, or reserve a spot on the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course. With ballrooms, three restaurants, and outdoor patios with panoramic lakeside views, it’s no wonder Stonewall Resort is a premier spot for events revolving around business and pleasure.